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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Mar 22, 2013 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there a word for being biased toward the first version of a song?

I could always hear how much different it sounded than the last one I heard. I was always listening for that one that was way out of the norm. That was my nirvana, the singular version that is so different than I had ever heard it before.

I find the "first time" syndrome to be problematic when learning to play a new song, especially with a band. If they learn it wrong it is extremely difficult to un-learn the wrong way, they get set in their ways and even the right thing will sound wrong. I've spent a lot of time helping folks un-learn say Jack Straw, with all those changes.

I've seen many bands that practice it until it is almost robotic. It can be very cool if the songs are really great. But I have not seen another band nearly 200 times like I did with the GD. It would have been imeasurably unbearable if they played the same 24 songs, exactly the same way every time. It would be very much like watching WWE and calling it competative sports, the outcome is pre-scripted. I like the "you never know" aspect.

That is why I do not look at the GD as a rock and roll band in the traditional sense. The crowd of a regular R&R band want to hear the songs just like on the radio or album. I think Deadheads want to hear something they've never heard before.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 22, 2013 3:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there a word for being biased toward the first version of a song?

It's called "Terrapin-itis" and you can clearly see it in those who believe the first Terrapin ever performed at the Swing in '77 is the best ever, when...objectively listening to not only the botched lyrics but the relative timidity of the execution...it clearly is not.

The only known cure(s) are 1/22/78, 3/15/90, or almost any other version from '77 other than the first.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 22, 2013 4:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there a word for being biased toward the first version of a song?

As far as the Dead is concerned I can't think of any song outside of Day Job that was nailed on the debut...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 23, 2013 11:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there a word for being biased toward the first version of a song?

>I think Deadheads want to hear something they've never heard before.

Which, of course, is why Deadheads listen to the same tunes over and over.

I think Deadheads want to hear something "similar but not the same." Most folks have probably had memorable moments of hearing something exciting emerge in a totally unexpected place, and are searching for that sort of thing, but a Completely Different Version -- such as (ahem) Midi or Dan Healy distort-o-matics or even the Donna StSt -- tends to make people grumpy. So Deadheads are traditionalists, really. ("Jam in only the way I LIKE IT!")

I think folks just want everything old to feel new again. So it's about the unexpected, not really the different.

And I think everyone does get "imprinted" (the best word for it IMO) with particular versions, depending on what you heard first and most (not necessarily a single version but often a style).



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